Thousand Trails - Lake Texoma Review & Rating
Thousand Trails - Lake Texoma Overview:
Thousand Trails is one of the largest and most successful private camping clubs in the country. A membership in Thousand Trails basically means that you have unlimited free camping for life at any of the over 80 Thousand Trails Preserves as well as restricted camping rights at hundreds of reciprocal campgrounds for a initial fee and a small annual maintenance fee. Each park is called a Preserve because Thousand Trails does an excellent job of preserving and protecting nature and the beauty of the environment for it's members. Each of the Thousand Trails campgrounds provide a high quality private camping experience (clean, secure, affordable, and fun) with resort style amenities. You can visit a Preserve for a fun weekend with your family and friends or camp for weeks, touring the country enjoying the Thousand Trails hospitality from coast to coast.
The Thousand Trails Lake Texoma Preserve is located on the south western side of Lake Texoma on the west side of the Big Mineral Arm of the lake. The Preserve is about 95 miles north of Dallas and 30 miles from Gainesville and Sherman. This 300 acre preserve has private access to a well protected cove of Lake Texoma and has plenty of activities to keep you and the kids busy for days. The terrain if flat to gently rolling and well treed, the park is very well maintained, the facilities are clean, and the staff is extremely friendly and focused on ensuring your stay is fun and trouble free.
Although Thousand Trails Lake Texoma Preserve is a private membership only campground, they offer a free 3 day 2 night stay to anyone who is interested in exploring the park and considering a membership. You will have access to all of the amenities and Thousand Trails will take you on a 90 tour of the park and explain all of the benefits of a membership - sign up here for the free camping and tour.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
One of the advantages of Thousand Trails, and in particular the Lake Texoma Preserve, is all of the amenities that are available for your enjoyment. You and the kids will find it very difficult to run out of fun things to see and do when visiting the Lake Texoma Preserve. They have RV and tent camping, cabins, pools, hiking trails, events, games, and access to Lake Texoma for boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, or just cruising.
There are 5 sections of the park with 250 RV campsites offering lots of choices ranging from heavily shaded among the trees to open field sites, 30 or 50 amp service, pull through, or full hookup - all are within an easy walk to the family center and pools. The vast majority of the sites are level and have picnic tables.
If you don't want to camp, Lake Texoma Preserve has 18 cabins and 5 "Getaway Cabins." The cabins are one bedroom with a full kitchen, coffee maker, microwave, bathroom, AC/heating, fireplace, TV, and utensils. The room configurations vary but most of them include a full bed, futon, and loft with two twins. They also have a nice deck plus a picnic table and grill.
We stayed in the Blind Moose "Getaway Cabin" which is a one bedroom, one bath with a spilt loft with two twins, and a futon in the the living area. Blind Moose had two TVs, a DVD, fireplace, and table and chairs. The appliances were new and the cabin was very well equipped with linens, utensils, and even had a variety of seasonings. The deck was phenomenal with a table with chairs and umbrella, gas grill, and great view of the pond and fountain. The cabin was immaculate and looked like it had never been used.
Some of the other amenities at the Lake Texoma Preserve include:
- two pools, one for adults only, with Jacuzzis and one with a children's pool
- baseball field, two basketball courts, and sand volleyball
- shuffleboard, horseshoes, ping pong, and pickleball (like tennis)
- small store with staples, RV supplies, ice, movies to rent, games, fishing bait and poles, and more
- family center with wi-fi, restaurant, pool tables, video games, and computers
- adult center with a pool and jacuzzi, exercise room, games, and big screen TV
- kayak rentals and a pond with free paddle boats to use
- paintball equipment for rent and a fantastic paintball playing field
- laundry room and multiple restrooms with showers
Lake Texoma Preserve has private access to Lake Texoma, about a quarter of mile from the Family Center. By the lake you'll find a picnic area, fishing dock, boat ramp, and assess to the beautiful Lake Texoma. Lake Texoma is a 89,000 acre Corps of Engineer impoundment of the Red River and has over 580 miles of shoreline. Lake Texoma is renowned for it's recreational activities, nice sandy beaches, beautiful marinas, annual events, excellent fishing, and coves for skiing or swimming. At the end of the cove where Thousand Trails is located, "Splash", the World Record Blue Catfish was caught - 121.5 pounds and 5 feet long. His brother is just waiting for you. Read the Texas Outside review of Lake Texoma to learn more about the lake.
The Preserve always has some type of fun special event during the weekends - click here to see an event list.
Thousand Trails Lake Texoma offers a breakfast of eggs, pancakes, french toast and more at very reasonable prices. On weekends, they will serve some type of dinner in conjunction with the weekend events. After enjoying all that good food, take a hike on the very nice nature trail that goes around the perimeter of the Preserve.
Here are some additional pictures of Lake Texoma Preserve.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
In a typical weekend, it is hard to take advantage of all of the amenities of Lake Texoma Preserve. We like to start the day by launching the boat and enjoying the lake for skiing and then head over to the islands and spend some time swimming, socializing, and enjoying the great sandy beaches. We will usually enjoy dinner, drinks, and music at Pompano's Restaurant & Club - however, on this trip it was closed due to the 2007 flood.
Back at the campground we organize a grid and start a round of fun and competitive games including: volleyball (round up some other campers to help make a full team); shuffleboard, pickle ball, and miniature golf. Then it's over to the pool to cool off and relax.
Depending on who's playing, we will head across the border to the Last Chance for music and nightlife or go to Winstar to loose some money, listen to the music, enjoy the food, or play golf. On our recent trip to Thousand Trails we played golf at Buncombe Golf Course - read the review of the course - a fun, challenging, and pretty 9 hole course about 15 minutes away.
Cool Nearby Activities:
Another advantage of an extended stay at Thousand Trails Lake Texoma is the wide variety of things to see and do within 50 miles, some of which include:
- there are several golf courses nearby - check the Texas Outside Golf Map to find them - the closest are Buncombe and Northern Challenge, the best are Chickasaw Pointe in Kingston and Turtle Hill in Muenster
- if you saved you money, go gambling at either WindStar or Choctaw Casino in Durant
- still have some money left, then go shopping at the Gainesville Factory Shops or any of the Frisco mega malls
- go to Bailey's Berry Patch and pick a basket of delicious blueberries or blackberries
- go birding watching or fishing at Hagerman National Wildlife Preserve
- visit the Gainesville Zoo
- attend one of the local events or ranch events which include horse shows, rodeos, and more
- go fishing to catch a trophy or dinner, check here for a local fishing guide
- rent a boat or waverunner and enjoy the lake, here is a list where you will find rentals
If Pelican's Landing Waterfront Restaurant is open (they had water from the 2007 flood to the top of the roof and were rebuilding), they have excellent food. Talk to the local Preserve staff and they can provide you with information and recommendations on what to see and do, where to eat, and more. Visit the Lake Texoma website or the Sherman website to find more things to see and do . Enjoy!
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Additional Pictures of Thousand Trails - Lake Texoma
Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more